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Watch the Rhumba Blue 1 online guitar lesson by David Blacker from West Coast Blues

In the fifties and sixties, hard bop began to emerge from the earlier cool jazz movement. Hard bop distinguishes itself from cool jazz and bebop by incorporating a broader range of grooves in addition to blues and gospel elements. Guitar legends like Grant Green and Kenny Burrell--and horn players such as Hank Mobley and Dexter Gordon--ushered in this beautiful fusion of jazz and blues.

These players are an amazing resource of accessible blues-based jazz licks. Learning and incorporating their moves will help expand your sense of harmony and add depth to your blues improvisations. "Rhumba Blue" is a minor blues over a Latin-style rhumba groove, incorporating elements of blues and hard bop phrasing.